Colin Harris gives his views in Tes about the Sats 'sausage machine': ‘It’s that time of year. Across the country, primary after primary is gearing up for the mad dash towards Sats week. It’s impossible to overstate how badly wrong most of English education has got the last year of primary. Take, for example, transition. At the end of key stage 2 our kids face the most formidable challenge as they move to secondary school, and yet, rather than focusing on preparing them for this leap, we force them into the Sats sausage machine. Too often this impersonal regime of endless test prep shatters the confidence of our most vulnerable pupils at the very point when it is most needed. It’s worth stating that these days transition is handled way, way better than it used to be, with schools talking to one another about pupils, and many more familiarisation visits. But we cannot get away from the fact that Year 6 teachers are forced to target almost all their energy on achieving the "age-appropriate" or better scores.’ https://www.tes.com/news/school-new...r-most-vulnerable-pupils-suffer-after-effects What are your thoughts on this topic? Do we need to shift the focus from Sats to skills that would better prepare pupils for the transition from primary to secondary education? What do you think of the Year 6 curriculum? Do you feel like you are forced to devote almost all your energy on helping children achieve the all-important Sats scores?